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08 August, 2016

Hospital bombing in Pakistan, at least 70 dead

Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the blast in Quetta, Pakistan

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded more than a hundred in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday.

"There are many wounded, so the death toll could rise," said Rehmat Saleh Baloch, the provincial health minister, to Reuters.

Many of those killed were lawyers who had gathered at the hospital "after the body of their colleague, prominent attorney Bilal Kasi was brought there," Associated Press (AP) reports.

"As they protested [Kasi's] killing," the New York Times writes, "a powerful blast ripped through the entrance to the hospital's emergency department, leading to widespread panic. Television footage showed scores of lawyers running for cover as gunfire echoed in the background."

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